For nearly two decades, Garrett Lewis has served our area as the Chief Meteorologist at 5NEWS and has led our community through the extremes of all seasons.

“The weather in Arkansas is unbelievably varied. We have 2″ ice storms that cause month long power outages, tornadoes with winds nearing 200mph, floods that devastate entire towns, heat waves with temperatures as hot as 115º, cold outbreaks as low as -15º, snowstorms with two feet of snow… the extremes we experience are astounding.”

He holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather. In addition, he has been awarded both the National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval.

A native of Alma, Arkansas, Garrett now lives in Rogers with his wife Ashley and two children.


Recent Articles
  • Rain, Wintry Weather Chances Sunday Night

    Quiet weather will round out the workweek with mild temperatures in the 50s and mostly clear skies. Saturday will start out sunny with clouds increasing for later in the day. On Saturday night into Sunday morning, drizzle will breakout. Depending on the temperatures… there’s a chance a few spots could have freezing drizzle on Sunday morning before sunrise. The bigger weather system to watch will be on Sunday night into Monday morning for the chance of rain changing to sleet, […]

  • Cold Front Arrives Today: Windy, Colder, & Light Wintry Mix?

    Our temperatures will take a hit the next few days thanks to a cold front arriving today. Monday’s highs will take place in the late morning / early afternoon before dropping quickly the rest of the day. We will stay mainly dry and windy. Later tonight as the front clears the area, some rain will start to move in. However as temperatures drop, there may be a brief period of wintry mix. Accumulation is not expected at this time. VIDEO […]

  • Warming Trend, Rain By Thursday

    High clouds will be moving across the area on Monday night into early Tuesday; however, rain chances should hold off  until Thursday night into Friday of this week. Temperatures will also be warming. The winds have been strong and northerly with wind chill values in the 20s. A south wind will return for Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the next system working temperatures back into the upper 50s to near 60 which is above normal for this time of year. […]

  • Tracking Thunderstorms; Weekend Weather

    Showers and thunderstorms will be likely overnight into Saturday morning. The front should arrive sometime between 4am to 8am Saturday the thunderstorms along the line should be slightly more intense but still just below most severe criteria. Some of the stronger storms could briefly be capable of quarter size hail. The line of showers and thunderstorms will exit the area by morning on Saturday with dry and warm weather on Saturday afternoon. A cold front will turn temperatures sharply colder […]

  • Winter Weather Outlook

    The 2019-2020 Winter Weather season is expected to be colder than the last few years. Unlike previous years, there’s not a strong signal in the El Nino pattern to influence the jet stream strongly across the Northern Hemisphere. The early season snow pack across the Canada and the northern plains will make it easier for the colder arctic air to slip south into our area. The east coast will likely be much colder than normal with a large trough on […]

  • Gusty Winds Overnight; Colder Wednesday Morning

    Windy conditions will persist for most of the overnight and breezy and drier northwest winds filter into our area behind the advancing cold front. May locations have recorded winds gusting to near 50mph and a few power outages remain possible overnight. Rain showers will return for Wednesday night and continue for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Another chance for strong to severe thunderstorms arrives on Friday night into Saturday. -Garrett

  • Active Thanksgiving Week Weather

    Active weather will continue for the rest of the week with numerous rounds of rain and even the possibility for a few strong to severe thunderstorms. There are three main events to watch: Rain/Strong Front Tuesday Night Thanksgiving/Black Friday Rain Severe risk late Friday Rain will arrive in the area during the day on Tuesday as a warm front lifts to the north. The could be areas of drizzle during the day on Tuesday with very breezy south winds gusting […]

  • Wet Weather For Thanksgiving, Black Friday

    Widespread showers and thunderstorms will arrive on Wednesday night with rain continuing on-and-off into Saturday. Both Thanksgiving and Black Friday will be chilly with showers for most of the day. Rain totals by late-week and next Saturday could top 3″ in some spots which could cause flash flooding. Cooler and drier weather is expected by the first of December. -Garrett

  • Tracking Rainy Weather

    Rain with a few embedded thunderstorms will continue across much of Northwest Arkansas and the Greater Fort Smith area for Thursday evening. Rainfall totals could be as high as 2″ in spots which may lead to flash flooding in isolated area. On Friday, rain showers could continue for much of the area early in the day with more of a light rain towards the second half of the day. Windy and much colder weather will settle in for Friday night; […]

  • Weekend Weather; Sunny Saturday, Rain Sunday

    Calm weather will dominate most of the upcoming forecast with the best rain chances this weekend on Sunday with a fast-moving system Saturday will feature sunny skies with highs in 50s. Clouds roll back in early on Sunday with a few scattered showers in the late morning or early afternoon. Rain should be out of the area quickly on Sunday. Warm and windy weather will continue into midweek with the next system forecast to be arriving on Thursday of next […]

  • Mix Of Sun And Clouds For Thursday

    Nice weather is expected today with mostly sunny skies and highs reaching the 40s and 50s. A few passing clouds are possible. VIDEO FORECAST THURSDAY SUNSHINE A few high passing clouds may roll in but otherwise a mainly sunny day is in store across Arkansas and Oklahoma. Highs should top out in the 40s and 50s. LOOKING AHEAD Other than for a quick passing shower Sunday afternoon/evening, we are fairly dry the next several days. The next big system -Matt

  • Overnight Weather Update

    Roads will continue to be slick on bridges and overpasses into the overnight hours. Temperatures will continue to fall into the teens and 20s with a wind chill from -5º to 10º. Sunshine will warm temperatures into the 20s and 30s with sunny skies on Tuesday. -Garrett

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